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Errett Austin Johnson
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Birth: Dec. 5, 1878
Bluefield
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1960
Princeton
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA

Errett was the son of William Milton Johnson and Matilda Elizabeth Calfee. He married Amy Elizabeth Edmondson Coon.

In 1901, Errett left his home in Bluefield, W.VA., for Rugby, Pierce Co., ND, where he met his future wife Amy. They were engaged in farming and raised her son Vivian Dwight Coon and her daughter Ruth E. Coon Morris, and Errett and Amy's daughter Bessie.

Amy, (born 19 Dec 1881, Prescott, Adams Co., IA, died 15 Jan 1945, Kalispell, Flathead Co., Mt, buried Conrad Memorial Cemetery, Kalispell) was the daughter of Orville Edmondson and Ruth Brockett. She married Marcus A. Coon, Errett Johnson, and Louis Edward Clayton.]

A monumental family tragedy occured in 1919, when Errett, by now a seasonal employee of the railroad round house in Wolf Point, Montana, returned to his estranged wife, and when rebuffed, shot her, their daughter, and himself in a fit of rage. All survived, and he spent five years in the Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge, Montana.

After serving his sentence, he returned to Sanish, ND to farm, living in a shack with a dirt floor and a bed pulled up to the ceiling by ropes when not in use. Eventually, in 1952, the government bought him out when a dam was built in McKenzie County. Errett returned home to Princeton, WV, and spent the rest of his life fishing and enjoying a happy existence with his friends and relatives.

In 1959, he wrote his will:
"This is my whish. When i die i want to be berried in the Calfee Cemetery in South Bluefield. Please omit flowers. And the cheapest coffen you can git - if thear is any thing left give it to crippled children white and collerd. Errett A. Johnson" 
 
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 Parents:
  William Milton Johnson (1854 - 1927)
  Matilda Elizabeth Calfee Johnson (1856 - 1936)
 
 Spouse:
  Amy Elizabeth Edmondson Claytor (1881 - 1945)
 
 Children:
  Bessie May Johnson Reed (1911 - 1995)*
 
 Siblings:
  Errett Austin Johnson (1878 - 1960)
  Elizabeth Jane Johnson Walters (1881 - 1935)*
  Ora Kathrine Johnson Compton (1885 - 1961)*
  Georgia W. Johnson Hambrick (1888 - 1943)*
  Milton James Johnson (1890 - 1968)*
  Lake Erie Johnson (1896 - 1978)*
  Stanley Thompson Johnson (1898 - 1958)*
  Sallom Forest Johnson (1900 - 1972)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Grave has no marker. Buried in the same plot with brother Stanley and sister Erie.
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Princeton
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Nov 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16670729
Errett Austin Johnson
Added by: Judy Llamas
 
Errett Austin Johnson
Added by: Judy Llamas
 
Errett Austin Johnson
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Added by: Judy Llamas
 
 
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I hope your heavenly home is a lot like your beloved North Dakota. Love from your earthly family.
- Judy Llamas
 Added: Feb. 17, 2007
 
 
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